Antoine Leiris’s wife, Hélène Muyal was killed in the Bataclan massacre. M. Leiris has written a defiant message to the gunmen and a touching tribute to his wife. “Friday night, you took an exceptional life – the love of my life, the mother of my son – but you will not have my hatred. I don’t know… Continue reading Husband writes defiant tribute to his wife killed in Bataclan massacre
Take a wistful glimpse at the early postwar years with filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso. This beautiful film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival and Foreign Language Film At the Academy Awards in 1990. There was a time when the local movie house was “the” gathering place of small towns.… Continue reading Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio are Superb in Cinema Paradiso
Philippe Noiret is one of my favourite actors. Let me put it this way, when he passed away, I felt like I lost a close friend or even an uncle. In a way I did because I had been watching M. Noiret for so many years, since I was a child in the 70’s and… Continue reading The Inimitable Philippe Noiret
I wasn’t certain what to write in this blog after the tragic events of last week. I knew that I wanted to write something that would tell how much we love this beautiful city and its incredible people. Paris, Je T’Aime debuted in 2006 and little wonder it has become somewhat of a modern French… Continue reading Paris Je T’Aime
During his long and storied career, Wilder had an amazing knack for making films that were not only considered film classics but also model examples of their genre. Wilder defined the film noir genre with Double Indemnity. No one tackled the subject of Hollywood the way he did when he made Sunset Boulevard. With Stalag… Continue reading Stalag 17 is a Masterpiece
36 Hours is a riveting spy thriller from 1964 starting James Garner, Tod Taylor and Eva Marie Saint. Garner plays an American major captured by the Germans in World War 2 not long before D-Day. He is drugged and taken to a fake military hospital. He is made to age artificially so that when he… Continue reading Garner and Taylor are Excellent in 36 Hours
The Great Escape is a classic. Favourite movie of all time? I’d say it’s right up there in the top 3. This is a war film based on actual events and it is indeed historically accurate, more than it is given credit for. The cast is an ensemble of amazing actors. While we are Steve… Continue reading The Great Escape is Simply Awesome!